Caught on Camera: Crooks Choke, Beat Man in Belmont

Bronx Muggers Choke Out Victim

By Dan Gesslein

NEW YORK- A pair of Bronx muggers choked, beat and kicked a man for his wallet in Belmont.


Cops released surveillance video of the vicious attack and of the crooks casually hanging out on a stoop after the attack.

The attack happened at around 5:30 am on May 26 in front of 2423 Cambreleng Avenue in Belmont.

The video shows one of the crooks run up behind a man and place him in a choke hold.

As he wrestled the 49-year-old to the ground his partner is seen  runing up and helps restrain the victim.

Then the muggers punched and kicked the man in the head as he lay on the ground.

The muggers removed the victim’s wallet and cell phone.

The pair had covered their faces by wearing hoodies. However, the criminal masterminds failed to see the surveillance camera when they sat down at a nearby stoop after the attack.

The video gets a clear picture of each of the suspect’s faces. 

The first suspect is an African-American male between the ages of 18 and 25. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie. He was the one suspected of putting the victim in a choke hold.

The second suspect is a Hispanic male between the ages of 18 and 25. He had his hair in a pony tail. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the words “Italia” on it.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.


Grenade Launcher Found at Home of Bronx Bomb Maker


BY Dan Gesslein

NEW YORK– Assault rifles and a grenade launcher were among the arsenal of weapons and bomb making materials law enforcement officers seized outside Co-op City. 



New details about the Bronx bomb making home were released after cops arrested 38-year-old Richard Laugel. 


The NYPD released new images of the weapons seized at 2205 Palmer Avenue when the NYPD and Homeland Security raided the home on Wednesday. 

In addition to handguns and assault rifles, law enforcement officers also seized a grenade launcher attached to an assault rifle. 

Cops also found 30 grams of cocaine stuffed inside a teddy bear. 

Laugel already had a reputation as a bomb maker.

The former Marine and Iraq war vet was on bail for the 2016 attempted bombing of a drug rival. Prosecutors said he placed a pipe bomb in the undercarriage of a rival dealer’s car in Pelham Bay.

On Wednesday, cops and members of Homeland Security raided the house acting on a tip that drugs were being manufactured at the location. Instead officers found bomb making materials and weapons. 

Laugel was not home at the time and cops launched a city-wide manhunt. He was arrested the next day.


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Bronx Bonnie & Clyde Rob Mechanic


Caught on Camera Making Off with $1,300 Cash


NEW YORK- Cops are searching for a Bronx “Bonnie & Clyde” who robbed a local mechanic in East Tremont. 


Investigators released video from inside the Webster Avenue mechanic shop the pair had burglarized. 

At around 4:30 pm on May 18, a man and a woman walked into Vitico Auto Body Shop located at 2102 Webster Avenue. 

The male spoke to a worker about purchasing tires. As the employee showed him a selection of tires, the woman snuck into the back office. 

A hidden camera in the office shows the woman searching through the desk and the office until finding the register. She removed $1,300 in cash.  

An exterior camera showed the pair walking away from the shop on Webster Avenue casually making their escape on foot. 

Both were wearing hoodies to partially conceal their faces. However, Bronx cops are hoping the videos will lead to tips identifying the couple. 

It is uknown at this time whether this is the pair’s first heist or if they had pulled similar robberies before.

The first suspect is described as an African-American woman who is approximately 20 years of age. She has long, black hair and was last seen wearing a black jacket with a multi-colored hood, multi-colored pants and gray boots. 

The second suspect is an African-American male, 20 years old with a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a gray hooded sweatshirt, brown pants and gray sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential. 


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Bronx Creep Flashed Teen in her Building


BRONX- Cops are looking for a Bronx perv who exposed himself to a teenage girl inside her building. 

Police released surveillance video from the incident which happened last month in Fordham Heights. 

At around 3:30 pm on April 20, the 13-year-old girl was inside her building on Davidson Avenue. Surveillance video shows the girl in the lobby of the building as the suspect follows behind her. 

Cops say the man approached her in the stairwell of the building and told her to come closer. 

The man then proceeded to expose himself to the girl. She ran and fled the building. 

Surveillance video then captures the suspect without his face covered by a hood as he fled the building. 

The suspect is described as an African-American man between 20 and 30 years of age. He is 5 foot 8 to 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, black sweatpants, multi-colored sneakers and carrying a white shopping bag.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential. 



Prison Guard Sexually Assaulted 10-Year-Old Relative

Will Spend 15 Years to Life for Sexual Assault Against a Child



BRONX- A former prison guard will spend 15 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a female relative who was 10 years old at the time.


Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a female relative for a period over three years, beginning when she was 10 years old.

District Attorney Clark said, “This defendant was convicted by a jury of despicable, horrific crimes against a young girl. Now 15 years old, she bravely testified in court about years of abuse starting when she was 10 years old. I hope this sentence will help in this survivor’s healing.”

District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Jose Urena, 48, a NYC Department of Correction officer, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Alvin M. Yearwood for Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child; 15 years in prison and 20 years post-release supervision for each charge of first-degree Rape and first-degree Incest, and one year in jail for each of two counts of second-degree Sexual Abuse and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The sentences are to run concurrently. The defendant was convicted on April 16, 2018.

According to the investigation, between June 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014, the defendant engaged in sexual conduct, including sexual intercourse, with the girl. On November 8, 2016 and between January 1, 2016 and February 29, 2016, the defendant did subject her to sexual contact by touching her intimate parts.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jill Starishevsky, Senior Trial Assistant in the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, and Sandra Alcaide, of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Rachel Ferrari, Chief of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, and the overall supervision of Joseph Muroff, Chief of the Special Victims Division. District Attorney Clark thanked BethAnn Holzhay, Director of the Crime Victims Assistance Unit, for providing counseling and support to the victim during the case.







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Bullets Ring in Spring in Bronx


Second Shooting in Week Rocks Community

By David Greene

BRONX- After going nearly a year without a single killing, homicide detectives at the 52nd Precinct are now investigating two that occurred within nine days of each other.

On Monday, May 7, police announced an arrest in the April 23 shooting death of Rommel Goode, 38, of Brooklyn, who was shot and killed inside an apartment at 3152 Hull Avenue. Police have charged Darick Johnson, 31, also of Brooklyn, with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

At an April 26 meeting of the 52nd Precinct Community Council, Deputy Inspector Peter Fiorillo told residents that the killing was a dispute between an ex-boyfriend and a cousin. At the time, Fiorillo told the crowd, "The hunts on. We're still looking for him, we haven't arrested him yet.”

Downplaying the rising numbers, Fiorillo told the audience, "You look at our numbers, you look at our statistics, it looks like we're up in crime. Is it really that bad? It’s concerning you know, but a lot of what I'm seeing is, especially this year, we're seeing a lot of friend and acquaintance relationships between the victim and the bad person, which means I'm having people who are robbing, stabbing, stealing from people who they know.”

Fiorillo continued, "A lot of our crime is happening inside, our officers are not in your apartments.”

On Tuesday, May 1, crime would return to the streets when Dwayne Saunders, 37, a Queens resident who was chased down East 209 Street at just after 11 a.m. and shot three times, before collapsing in front of Moronta's Supermarket, at the corner of Hull Avenue.

One witness and longtime resident recalled, "Two men were arguing and one guy shot the other and he died. It happens around here.”

James, 31, was concerned with his own family members when he heard the gunfire, after his own cousin was shot on the block last year. 

James recalled, "The guy got shot up on Perry Avenue and he ran down here. I heard like four shots and he got shot three times.”

"He asked them to call paramedics," James continued, "and he just dropped right here, you see the spot of blood right there," pointing to the blood-stained sidewalk where the street dips for wheelchair access.

James added, "It was a bad thing, that's why I tried to help him out.  I didn't know the guy, I never saw him before. I turned him on his side and applied pressure to his wounds and they were calling paramedics.”

Saunders died a short time later at Jacobi Hospital.

The NYPD would release photos of the two suspects, Tanisha Banks and Tyrone Frank as well as their getaway vehicle, a black 2015 Honda Civic.

Police in the 52nd Precinct reported just one homicide in all of 2017, when Michael Vermong was shot and killed on March 29, at the intersection of East 204 Street and Bainbridge Avenue. A friend of Vermong was charged in that crime.   


Gunmen Stick up Bronx Cell Phone Store

Formerly Quiet Pelham Bay Rocked Once Again by Violent Crime  


By Dan Gesslein

BRONX- Masked gunmen stuck up a Bronx cell phone store and tied up the worker in the basement. The formerly quiet neighborhood of Pelham Bay is rocked once again by violent crime. 


At around 3 pm on Sunday, two men walked into the Verizon store on Crosby Avenue. 

They walked up to the lone worker in the store, showed him a gun and forced him into the basement. There they tied him up as the gunmen proceeded to ransack the store. 

The stickup men made off with 23 devices including cell phones, tablets, and smart watches. Cops say the electronic devices totaled up to $23,000.

The worker was left unharmed as the robbers fled.

The crooks were caught on the store’s surveillance cameras but the men hid their faces.

The first gunman is described as a Hispanic male with a light complexion, who was wearing sunglasses. He was last seen wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt, red jeans, black gloves, and black sneakers with white trim.

The second thief is described as a male, unknown race, carrying a bag. He was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a black mask, white gloves with a red palm, and blue sneakers with a white line.

The armed robbery is just the latest in a list of high-profile, violent crimes that have been rocking Pelham Bay- a neighborhood that was once seen as a quiet, working class, homeowner community.

In March, a gunman opened fire in front of the Capital One Bank on Buhre Avenue around the corner from the Verizon store. The shooting occurred in broad daylight yet miraculously no one was hit.

Last March, a YouTube video of two men violently mugging a man who came from Capital One Bank on Buhre Avenue went viral. In that case, as the victim tried to fight off his attacker the money flew into the air.

Last October the bank on Crosby Avenue next to the Verizon store made headlines when a person planted an item in the drop box and called in a bomb threat.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Bronx Triple Shooting May Have Been Caught on Tape

1 Dead, 2 Wounded in Bronx Triple Shooting


BRONX- 1 man is dead and 2 are wounded during a triple shooting in the Bronx last night that may have been caught on tape. 



Bullets started to fly near a pizza shop on Prospect Avenue and 164th Street last night. Cops say that at around 10 pm a man in his 20s, wearing a ski mask and hoodie, exited a beige car and opened fire. 

The hail of bullets struck three people, one fatally. A 26-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and back. He was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital. Another man who is 17 was shot in the head. 

He is listed in critical condition at Lincoln. 

The final victim is recovering at St. Barnabas with a gunshot wound to the leg. 

Published reports claim that a nearby bodega’s surveillance camera may have captured the shooting. Police would not confirm nor would they release the name of the victim until family notification. 

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. 

All calls are strictly confidential.



Man Charged with Girlfriend’s Murder

Found Covered in Blood with Girlfriend’s Body



BRONX- A Bronx man has been charged with his girlfriend’s murder after the case was officially deemed a homicide yesterday. 


Police arrested Prince-Roy Mullings, 28, after he was found at his home covered in blood. Cops went to Mullings home on Lurting Avenue in response to a wellness check for his girlfriend Kayon Williams. 

According to published reports, Williams went to her boyfriend’s home. When she did not hear from her, Williams’ cousin called her cell phone. When Mullings answered and refused to put his girlfiend on the phone, the cousin called police to check on her. 

Officers from the 47th Precinct were let into the house by a roomate. Mullings would not allow the officers into the bedroom. Eventually he came out covered in blood. 

When cops entered the bedroom they found Williams lying on the floor in a pool of blood. 

The medical examiner deemed the case a homicide yesterday and Mullings was charged with murder and criminal possession of weapon. 


Williams had signs of trauma to the face and body. It is unknown if an object was used to beat the woman to death. 

Cops Release Video of Crotona Shooting Suspects


Video Taken from Inside Nearby Bodega

BRONX- Cops in the Bronx released video of a group of Crotona shooting suspects.  

Investigators released stills from the surveillance camera of a nearby bodega of the men, they say, fatal shot one man and wounded another. 

At around 12:30 am on April 26, police responded to a shooting in front of 1728 Crotona Avenue. There they discovered a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head. Another 20-year-old man had a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Both men were raced to St. Barnabas Hospital where the 22-year old was pronounced dead. The second victim is in critical condition. 

Detectives released surveillance video from the Crotona bodega where one of the suspects is seen buying an Arizona iced tea.  The suspect is a Hispanic male in his 20s with a beard, Caesar style haircut and tattoo on his forearm.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential. 


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